How Appealing

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

A writer for another popular law blog emails:

As part of the 9th Circuit’s web design, it appears all previous links to its opinions no longer work. Are you finding the same thing? If so, do you know of any way around it?

Sadly, my correspondent is correct. All links to Ninth Circuit opinions originally posted at the “How Appealing” blog between May 6, 2002 and yesterday are no longer functioning. But, on the bright side, the Ninth Circuit’s web site today looks much nicer than it did yesterday.

Posted at 7:38 PM by Howard Bashman

“His US sentence served, Noriega fights extradition”: The Associated Press provides a lengthy article reporting that “On Jan. 14, a federal appeals court will hear arguments on Noriega’s claim that as a POW he should immediately be repatriated, 19 years after the U.S. invaded Panama to remove him from power.”

Posted at 4:15 PM by Howard Bashman

“The Kagan File”: Today at “The BLT: The Blog of Legal Times,” Tony Mauro has a post that begins, “The praise coming from Harvard Law School colleagues of Elena Kagan, who was named this week to be the next solicitor general, is effusive — and, it turns out, longstanding. In a folder in Box 571 of the Thurgood Marshall papers at the Library of Congress, one can find Kagan’s 1986 application to be Marshall’s law clerk, along with recommendations from five Harvard Law professors — no one else — as well as her resume and even her law school transcript.”

Posted at 2:18 PM by Howard Bashman

“Judge in Texas pleads innocent to new sex charges”: The Associated Press provides a report that begins, “A federal judge in Texas, indicted last year for allegedly making unwanted sexual advances toward his court case manager, has pleaded innocent to new charges brought by another former employee.”

Update: In addition, The Houston Chronicle provides a news update headlined “Judge pleads not guilty to new sex abuse charges; Already set for trial in an earlier case, he’s accused of attacking another female employee.”

Posted at 12:08 PM by Howard Bashman

“Judge indicted on more sex abuse charges; Already set for trial in an earlier case, he’s accused of attacking another female employee”: Today in The Houston Chronicle, Lise Olsen and Mary Flood have an article that begins, “U.S. District Judge Samuel Kent was indicted by a grand jury Tuesday on new charges of sexually abusing another court employee and lying about it to prominent federal judges who investigated a misconduct complaint against him.”

Posted at 9:15 AM by Howard Bashman

“‘Paying no heed to what’s right or wrong’: Attorneys see echoes of Burris’ actions on ’92 appeal by condemned man.” This article appears today in The Chicago Sun-Times.

Today’s edition of The Christian Science Monitor contains an article headlined “Senate rejects Burris, but law may be on his side; The would-be senator from Illinois, named by a tainted governor, vows to fight on.”

Mark Sherman of The Associated Press reports that “Burris’ best bet could be federal court.”

The Philadelphia Inquirer contains an article headlined “Decades before Burris, a Phila. showdown.”

And in The New York Times, Walter Dellinger has an op-ed entitled “City of Cold Shoulders.”

Posted at 9:14 AM by Howard Bashman

“Calif. High Court Pat-Down Case May Get Punted”: Today in The Recorder, Mike McKee has an article that begins, “Confronted with whether pat-down searches at professional football games violate individual privacy rights, the California Supreme Court on Tuesday seemed ready to punt the issue back to the trial courts.”

Posted at 9:05 AM by Howard Bashman

“Overreach at Bagram: In its last days, the administration is still making counterproductive arguments about detainees.” This editorial appears today in The Washington Post.

Posted at 8:40 AM by Howard Bashman

“Reversing Discrimination”: The New York Times today contains an editorial that begins, “President-elect Barack Obama and Democrats in Congress are already signaling a welcome new seriousness in Washington about protecting civil rights after eight years of erosion. They are planning swift action on legislation to overturn an unjust 2007 Supreme Court decision that has made it much harder for people to challenge illegal discrimination in employment, education, housing and other fields.”

Posted at 8:15 AM by Howard Bashman